Charges against Jussie Smollett ‘dropped’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJussie Smollett: What Chicago Police say happened Prosecutors have dropped all charges against US actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly staging a racist and homophobic attack, his lawyers say. The Empire actor attended a court hearing in Chicago on Tuesday, where a judge reportedly sealed the case. Mr […]

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Line of Duty: New series is ‘scariest yet’

By Helen Bushby Entertainment and arts reporter Image caption AC-12’s finest? Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar are back The wait is nearly over. After two years, Line of Duty is back and it’s “definitely the scariest” season yet, says Martin Compston, who plays DI Steve Arnott. The season four finale was watched by […]

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Neighbours: Soap casts first transgender character

Image copyright Jackson FinterImage caption Her character will have a special connection with a member of one of Ramsay Street’s family – the soap is shown on Channel 5 in the UK. Long-running Australian soap Neighbours has cast its first transgender character, played by 18-year-old actress Georgie Stone. Stone, who is transgender herself, has won […]

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Bohemian Rhapsody opens in China, minus all the gay bits

Image copyright 20th Century Fox/New RegencyImage caption Bohemian Rhapsody has been released in China with references to homosexuality edited out Oscar-winning Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody was released in China on Friday, but references to the Queen singer’s sexuality and AIDS diagnosis were censored. Several minutes of footage were edited out of the film, including […]

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Sackler Trust suspends new UK donations

Image caption Funding from the Sackler Trust has been used for the new Tate Modern building in London The Sackler Trust has suspended new charitable donations in the UK amid claims the Sackler family fortune is linked to the opioid crisis in the US. The trust said it rejected the claims, but said the row […]

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Jenny Lewis: ‘I’m a barf bag poet’

By Mark Savage BBC Music reporter Image copyright Warner Bros RecordsImage caption Lewis says On the Line “started out as a break-up record but is really a rebound record” Five years on from her last solo record, US singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis, formerly of Rilo Kiley, is back with a new album. Our man caught up […]

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